Thank you to Reading in Bed for organising!
I actually finished last week’s reading (admittedly a day late) and just kept merrily ploughing ahead as I was enjoying it too much to bother stopping. I’d finished this week’s allocated pages by Thursday-ish, I think.
It might just be because I didn’t have much of a break inbetween, but I don’t think I enjoyed The Count of Monte Cristo quite as much this week? The first half was fine, whilst he was escaping the prison (loved that) and going to visit Caderousse in the pub, but after that… eh.
The passage of time isn’t exactly wonderful. He treks over to Caderousse, all disguised-up… and then takes a nine year break to… do what!? Who knows!? Suddenly it’s nine years later and it’s not told from his point of view anymore.
The thing is, I couldn’t work out who Franz and Albert were and why we were suddenly following them, and why Luigi Vampa was relevant. It wasn’t until I went on the Wikipedia summary that I finally realised who Albert is. I really think that should have been made clearer as I was beginning to lose interest in these irrelevant, boring people. It would have been much more interesting if I’d clicked early on that Albert was the son of Mercedes and Fernand.
Speaking of… I can’t believe she married Fernand after all that! Why would she do that!? I mean, I don’t blame for her marrying after justifiably believing her previous bethrothed is dead, but to go for her creepy, melodramatic, sulky cousin? Ugh. Idiot. I’m not a Mercedes fan.
Plus, I can’t see how all this could be planned… Franz rocked up at Monte Cristo completely of his own volition, and just happened to know Albert. Did Dantes (do we still call him that?) have an actual Plan, or is he just following up because the opportunity fell in his lap?
The chapters seem to have suddenly got an awful lot longer as well. It’s hard to really well how long they are because I’m reading it electronically, but they’ve gone from 5-15 electronic ‘pages’ long to 28-40.
I’d like Dantes to get a move on with tracking down and messing with the three who ruined his life now. Less descriptions of feasts in caves and leering at women in the theatre, and more of what made the first week’s reading so great. More excitement and drama please!